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Rolando McClain Q&A

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, November 9th, 2010 at 12:59 pm in Oakland Raiders.

A transcript of Rolando McClain’s first interview with Bay Area media members since the start of the regular-season:

Q: How you feeling?

McClain: Good.

Q: Injury was not a big deal?

McClain: Everything’s fine. Just a little hip pointer, swelled up, I guess over the last two days it went down so I was able to practice.

Q: How would you assess your rookie season so far, nine games in? Are you where you thought you’d be?

McClain: I think I’m playing fine, but besides my individual play I think we’ve started to come along in our defense and that’s really all that matters to me. I have a role to help with this defense.

Q: What has been difference last three games, 6-for-42 on third down, what has happened?

McClain: I don’t know, there was one meeting, we all just said to each other we were going to play football, basically, and we told coach, and coach said he’s going to call the right things. It was a total team effort. Not just the plays, but it was something in the play calling and we were going to get in the defense that we were most comfortable with, and as we said, let the dogs unchained, just play football and just go out and have fun and that’s what we’ve been doing.

Q: Rookie wall, does it exist, where you’d be wrapping up in college . .

McClain: I don’t know about no rookie wall. The bye week’s here. I’m perfectly fine.

Q: After some early struggles, first couple of games, you mentioned early speed wasn’t much different than SEC, did you think maybe NFL was a little tougher, faster than you expected?

McClain: Not at all. Like I said earlier, you play against guys in practice all the time in practice that are just as fast as anybody you’re going to see. For me, it hasn’t been easy. But it hasn’t been hard either, because I have a great defensive line in front of me, taking care of me, allowing me to just run around, and coach is just letting us play.

Q: How often have you encountered guys on line getting to you at second level?

McClain: Sometimes it’s all the time. I watched film, last year you had to double Seymour as well as TK, and they forced the middle linebacker to make plays, and if you watch film now, you see you can’t double those guys because you have to account for me in the blocking scheme. My job is to try and make tackles, defeat the block first, but I don’t have a problem with that, especially with TK and Seymour making the plays they’ve been making, I don’t mind taking on the block every now and then.

Q: Focused on team aspect, but are there more plays to be made, interceptions, etc.?

McClain: I think everybody wants to make plays. That’s the league that we’re in. You just want to produce. But just from watching plays and watching film, coach is satisfied with what I’m doing. I don’t know. I take pride in my man not getting the ball thrown to him. When I’m guarding the back, because we’ve been playing a lot of Cover 5 lately, the ball hasn’t been going to my man so I haven’t had a lot of chances to make interceptions so I’m perfectly fine with that.

Q: Coaches are satisfied, but are you satisfied? And are you ever satisfied?

McClain: No, you’re never satisfied. If you’re satisfied, you become complacent and if you become complacent you might as well stop playing.

Q: Came in here conducting yourself as a veteran, do you feel like a rookie in any way at this point?

McClain: I don’t know, not really. I just feel like I’m one of the players, like I’m part of the team. That’s the hard thing coming in. You meet so many new guys, new coaches, new scheme, new everything coming in, and you have to adapt to it and fit in some kind of way. Now I feel like I fit in and everything is going smoothly, so I don’t feel like one of those 11 guys out on the field playing.

Q: You requested a sellout. You got it. What was it like?

McClain: It was crazy for the times I was out there. I only played 20 plays but I don’t think I’ve ever heard it that loud. I wanted the sellout because I knew we were about to do something special. You can feel it in the locker room, you can feel it in practice. We’re about to be pretty darned scary around here. I just wanted the fans’ support. It’s been like two years, and I don’t think I’ve ever not had a sellout, coming from Alabama . Me, as well as the rest of the guys on the team, feel like we’re about to have something special, so we wanted the fans to come out and support us.

Q: Confident you’ll pick up where you left off after the bye week?

McClain: No problem. The bye week, some guys could lose focus, but I don’t see that problem with this team. Everybody’s focused. We know the task at ahead. So, we’re just going to keep working, take some time off to recover and get our bodies healed and go back at it.

Q: Explain your reluctance to speak with the media?

McClain: I’m just not a media guy, to say the least. I’m just shy and I like to stay to myself. If it was my choice, I would never do media.

Q: Is it anything against us?

McClain: No, I have no problem with y’all. It’s just how I was raised. I just stay to myself and just real shy. I stay to myself a lot. It’s just the way I’ve always been. Talking to coach Cable after the first couple times I declined interviews, he asked why. I told him the reason, and he said ‘fine.’ You don’t have to do the local media. Just make sure if it’s one of those people from the network that are doing the game, then make sure you do that. I said, ‘All right.’ So, we kind of had an agreement with that. I promised if we had a sellout that I’d do media, so I’m here.

Q: So, when are we going to hear from you again?

McClain: Next sellout.

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  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    Al Harris is out there off waivers

  • http://raiderchaos.blogspot.com RaiderChaos
  • 30 year raider

    LA to TheBay Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 2:23 pm
    Murphy will help. He eats Steelers corners for a light lunch.

    ##########################

    LMAO!!!!VERY FUNNY BRO

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Raider O missing….unexplained missile fired off of LA coast…put two and two together Dell.

  • 30 year raider

    LA to TheBay Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 2:22 pm
    I want to wait and see if we’re playing for something at that point … if we’re 6-9 or 7-8 it may not be worth my time or money

    ——————-

    Say what? You should be going even if they’re 0-15 if you have the means to do so
    #################

    HES CALLING YOU OUT ROCK!!! I FEEL THE SAME WAY, I KNOW U GOT A LIL ONE AT HOME SO DO I!!! BUT MAYNE SOMETIMEE YOU JUS GOTTA DO IT… TELL THE WIFE BE BACK IN A BIT!!!

  • Kirk

    Ford should be starting. He showed more in one game than all the rest have all year.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    McClain: I don’t know, there was one meeting, we all just said to each other we were going to play football, basically, and we told coach, and coach said he’s going to call the right things. It was a total team effort. Not just the plays, but it was something in the play calling and we were going to get in the defense that we were most comfortable with, and as we said, let the dogs unchained, just play football and just go out and have fun and that’s what we’ve been doing.
    _______________________________
    Just as I thought, they got Al Davis to butt out. Because the playcalling is definitely different.

  • LA to TheBay

    Kirk Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 2:33 pm
    Ford should be starting. He showed more in one game than all the rest have all year.
    ———————-

    It’ll be Murphy, DHB, and Ford in the slot.

    If used properly, they could all be very deadly.

  • LA to TheBay

    KoolKell Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 2:33 pm
    McClain: I don’t know, there was one meeting, we all just said to each other we were going to play football, basically, and we told coach, and coach said he’s going to call the right things. It was a total team effort. Not just the plays, but it was something in the play calling and we were going to get in the defense that we were most comfortable with, and as we said, let the dogs unchained, just play football and just go out and have fun and that’s what we’ve been doing.
    _______________________________
    Just as I thought, they got Al Davis to butt out. Because the playcalling is definitely different.

    —————–

    Well, seeing as how they started the year playing a whole lot of zone with very little success and have since played their best defense in man, maybe not everything that they do is either at the behest of Davis or in defiance of him.

    As naive as that sounds.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    When I’m guarding the back, because we’ve been playing a lot of Cover 5 lately, the ball hasn’t been going to my man so I haven’t had a lot of chances to make interceptions so I’m perfectly fine with that.
    ————————–
    What’s Cover 5?

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    LA to TheBay Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Well, seeing as how they started the year playing a whole lot of zone with very little success
    ————————–
    The way I understand it, they were just playing Zone in the Red Zone.

    With the same old 4 man rush Ideological Al Davis Defense.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Cover 5 is basically a 5-2-4 or 5-3-3 D
    http://football.about.com/cs/a/52defense.htm

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Close to the old Chicago 53 defense.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Cover 5 is basically a 5-2-4 or 5-3-3 D

    ***

    Exla:

    who is our 5th DL?

    Scott, Wimbley, Groves?

  • RaiderRockstar

    I even saw Desmond Bryant make a few plays on Sunday.

    I was like WHAAAAAT ???

    guy still has his arm wrapped. Is that elbow injury from preseason still lingering on?

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Later, the Bears went to the 46

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 2:49 pm
    Cover 5 is basically a 5-2-4 or 5-3-3 D

    ***

    Exla:

    who is our 5th DL?

    Scott, Wimbley, Groves?
    ——————————–
    Not a hand on the ground but a Lb Rushing on the line.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    70.KoolKell Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 2:52 pm
    Talking to coach Cable after the first couple times I declined interviews, he asked why. I told him the reason, and he said ‘fine.’ You don’t have to do the local media. Just make sure if it’s one of those people from the network that are doing the game, then make sure you do that. I said, ‘All right.’ So, we kind of had an agreement with that.
    —————————–
    In other words Jerry, F U and the local fans.

    That’s the counterproductive Al Davis Raiders for ya. Then they wonder why they have the lowest attendance in the league, and start blaming the fans.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Were you at the game KoolKell? You’re a local.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    65.exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:

    November 9th, 2010 at 2:47 pm
    Cover 5 is basically a 5-2-4 or 5-3-3 D
    http://football.about.com/cs/a/52defense.htm
    ——————————
    That says 5-2 Defense, not cover 5.

  • Midwest Fan

    Wouldn’t count us out of the Pit game just yet. I’m not sure myself if we’re gonna win or not but I’m also not declaring we’re not.

    3 things I think we have going for us is

    1)We’re gonna be rested and have extra time to game plan for them.

    2) They have to worry and get thru the game against NE

    3) Goes into the above but they just had some major injuries along their offensive line. Their not deep there anyway (only carried 7 Olinemen into the game and 2 were injured) Our Dline has been playing real well and I think they could dominate against their oline.

    Main problem that equals is we still have to tackle Big Ben.

  • Nnamdi21

    I hope the Pats beat them up even more…

    http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=ap-steelers-injuries

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    73.exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Were you at the game KoolKell? You’re a local.
    —————————-
    I started going to games in 64′ at Frank Youell Field. When the Coliseum opened in 66′ I was there until 77′
    I was living in Japan when the moved in 80′

    When they came back in 95′ I was there.

    Now, I prefer to watch the game on TV, unless it’s blacked out, and I have to go.

    Football is also a business, and the Raiders are in the business of selling tickets. It’s their responsibility not mine.

    I go when I wish to go.

  • LA to TheBay

    KoolKell Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 2:42 pm
    LA to TheBay Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Well, seeing as how they started the year playing a whole lot of zone with very little success
    ————————–
    The way I understand it, they were just playing Zone in the Red Zone.

    With the same old 4 man rush Ideological Al Davis Defense.

    ————————–

    A lot of the big runs we allowed in Houston were using a read-and-react and that was between the 20s.

    I’d have to go back and look at the film, but I must say that the team actually looks best with the 4 man pressure man D (with the occasionally blitz of course).

    The Saftey blitzes are certainly not a Davis wrinkle, so to some degree, I agree with you in that Davis is letting the coaches coach. Mike Ditka agrees with you too. He’s such an undercover Raider fan.

  • Nnamdi21

    Oakladns D carried the day against the top ranked KC offense and CRUSHED THEM.

    Domination folks…and without the help of the O…

  • LA to TheBay

    exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 2:52 pm
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 2:49 pm
    Cover 5 is basically a 5-2-4 or 5-3-3 D

    ***

    Exla:

    who is our 5th DL?

    Scott, Wimbley, Groves?
    ——————————–
    Not a hand on the ground but a Lb Rushing on the line.

    ———–

    I gotta go back and look at what he’s talking about cause Scott is used on a 4 man line.

    Wimbley has dropped back in coverage quite a bit, so it may be situational. They send either Groves or Wimbley, but I don’t recall Groves blitzing much.

  • Seymour Bush

    # exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    Cover 5 is basically a 5-2-4 or 5-3-3 D
    http://football.about.com/cs/a/52defense.htm
    ====================================

    No it isn’t. Cover 5 is the nickle zone package designed primarily to go against the spread. the 52 and 53 are basically the odd front defense. They are completely different defenses.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Here’s an explanation of Cover 1, Cover 2, Cover 3, Cover 4, and Cover 6. No Cover 5

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cover_2_defense#Cover_2

  • mistic1

    KoolKell Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 3:04 pm
    73.exlaraiderseasonticketholder Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 2:57 pm

    Were you at the game KoolKell? You’re a local.
    —————————-
    I started going to games in 64′ at Frank Youell Field. When the Coliseum opened in 66′ I was there

    =====================================================

    KK,

    Im not being a jack ass, im just curious. Did your rivalry with Davis go back to 64, or did he get on your bad side later on?

  • LA to TheBay

    KK,

    Im not being a jack ass, im just curious. Did your rivalry with Davis go back to 64, or did he get on your bad side later on?

    ————-

    I’m going to take a wild guess and say that KK got a bit sour after the Marcus Allen thing and very upset during the mid and late 90s when we weren’t winning?

    Do I win?

  • Raider Dell

    Dakota Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 2:28 pm
    Raider O missing….unexplained missile fired off of LA coast…put two and two together Dell.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Thought so.

    Dakota saw your earlier comment, glad your busy.

  • Seymour Bush

    # mistic1 Says:
    November 9th, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    KK,

    Im not being a jack ass, im just curious. Did your rivalry with Davis go back to 64, or did he get on your bad side later on?
    ============================================

    He doesn’t remember. Other than the arbitrary 27-86, he has no idea what it means.

  • LA to TheBay

    Cover 5

    These never turn out the way I want, but here goes. Extra saftey playing like a LB would be Mithchell in this case.

    ————FS————-
    ——————SS——-
    —-CB—————CB—-
    —————————
    ———DE-DT-DT-DE–S—-

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    No, probably KK got mad at Davis when he screwed the 3rd partner F. Wayne Valley. And I misread the cover 5. Hang me. lol

  • LA to TheBay

    ——-FS———
    ——————
    ———–SS—–
    –CB———–CB–
    ——————-
    —-LB—-LB—S—
    ——————-
    —-DE-DT-DT-DE—-

    Would be more accurate, sorry.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Left out the nickel back.

  • LA to TheBay

    CBs would be closer to LOS, but F it, you get the idea.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Mistic1

    I worshipped the ground Al Davis walked on. I’ve read Slick, and Black Knight. I carried a picture of him on my day-planner for years.

    The Raiders have been in decline for over 20 years, the last 7…….ridiculous.

    It’s not personal with me. Winning is more important to me, than placating an old man, Who’s clearly past it, and standing in the way of Raider Progress.

    I don’t look at it as Al Davis the great. I look at as Al Davis the General Manager. Under that critera, he has been horrible for years a nd years.

    Never in my wildest dreams could I have ever thought of the Raiders as a laughingstock. That’s what turned it for me. The Raiders are more important than one man’s ego.

  • http://http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    So KoolKell, do you give him credit for the turnaround this year as his draftees are producing including Mike Mitchell who the coaches wanted to cut? Or are you also embittered to the point of no return.

  • reign of terror

    If this is the first and last time Rolando McClain speaks to the media, were not missing much.

  • http://raiderchaos.blogspot.com RaiderChaos

    Believe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    http://bit.ly/agkuMn

  • edward teach

    My two favorites;

    “They doubled Seymour and TK and forced the middle linebacker to make plays. They can’t do that now because they have to acccount for me in the blocking schemes.”

    Translation: Kirk Morrison sucks, just like a good many of us in here said he did.

    “We’re about to be pretty darned scary around here.”

    Yeah, baby.